Surviving the Applewhites A Literacy Unit for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade

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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Note: This unit takes little to no prep. Just print and go!!!

Surviving the Applewhites
Literacy Unit Description

Surviving the Applewhites is a realistic fiction novel written by Stephanie S. Tolan in 2002 and it received a 2003 Newbery Honor. It is a perfect read aloud for upper elementary and middle school students because it has a variety of characters that one can relate.
Surviving the Applewhites is about a delinquent named Jake Semple that has been kicked out of many schools and his last chance before Juvenile Hall and furthering his education is at the Applewhite Creative Academy. This academy’s only students are the Applewhite children and now Jake; the students here choose their own curriculum and only learn what they want to learn.
This story is laugh out loud funny and has been approved by the students I have taught over the years. (I would suggest reading 2 chapters a day to be completed within 15 class periods and the whole unit should be completed within one month.) You can tell by the length of this unit that you can incorporate so many teachable moments. I hope you decide to purchase my Surviving the Applewhites Literacy Unit.

This is what is included:

Suggested Pacing Guide
Unit Cover sheet for students’ notebooks or folders
Vocabulary, Guided Notes, and Summaries Table of Contents pages for students notebooks/folders
4 vocabulary study guides (one for each vocabulary test)
Suggested vocabulary Activities
15 Guided Notes worksheets (one for every two chapters)
6 pages for chapter summaries (one box for every two chapters and one box to summarize the entire book)
“Meeting the Applewhites”—a play so students can act out the first two chapters so they may visualize the introduction of most of the characters
“The Applewhites Chaotic Dinner”—a play that allows students to act out Chapters 23 and part of 24.
“The Lonely Goatherd” lyrics from the Sound of Music for students to sing along and analyze.
“I have…who has?”—Use this activity the review all of the main characters in Surviving the Applewhites.
Character Match (24 Cards)
The Sound of Music Video Response Activity Sheet
Extra Suggested Activities (17 suggested activities you might want to offer your students as a whole or enrichment activities for higher performing students.)
4 Bingo Homework Menus (students must complete activities in each square to get a BINGO)
Bingo Homework Rubric
Surviving the Applewhites Review Dance PowerPoint
4 Vocabulary Tests
Unit Test
Final Project Menu (Includes 6 choices for students)
6 Rubrics to accommodate the Final Project Menu
Some editable content such as homework menus, rubrics, final project menu
Answer keys for guided notes, vocabulary tests, and unit test

Common Core ELA Standards Covered in this Unit

4th Grade

RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.10, RF.4.3, RF.4.4, W.4.1, W.4.2, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.4.9, W.4.10, SL.4.1, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.6, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.4.4, L.4.5, and L.4.6

5th Grade

RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.6, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.5.9, W.5.10, SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.3, SL.5.4, SL.5.6, L.5.2, L.5.4, and L.5.5

6th Grade

RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, W.6.7, W.6.9, W.6.10, SL.6.1, SL.6.4, SL.6.6, L.6.2, L.6.3, L.6.4, and L.6.5

7th Grade

RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.7.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.7.6, W.7.7, W.7.9, W.7.10, SL.7.1, SL.7.2, SL.7.3, SL.7.6, L.7.2, L.7.3, L.7.4, L.7.5, and L.7.6

8th Grade

RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.6, RL.8.10, W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.3, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.8.6, W.8.7, W.8.9, W.8.10, SL.8.1, SL.8.2, SL.8.3, SL.8.4, SL.8.6, L.8.2, L.8.4, L.8.5, and L.8.6

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Teaching Duration
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Surviving the Applewhites A Literacy Unit for 4th, 5th, 6t
Surviving the Applewhites A Literacy Unit for 4th, 5th, 6t
Surviving the Applewhites A Literacy Unit for 4th, 5th, 6t
Surviving the Applewhites A Literacy Unit for 4th, 5th, 6t